Visual Sclerotherapy For Reticular Veins
Reticular veins are a form of vein disease resulting in small but visible superficial veins. Visual sclerotherapy can be used to treat these veins. In case of advanced vein disease, visual sclerotherapy is usually the last treatment procedure, but in early stages of vein disease or in case of mild problems, this alone is sufficient. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution into the affected vein. The solution irritates the vein and causes it to collapse and turn into scar tissue that is not visible on the surface of the skin.
What Does Sclerotherapy Involve?
- The procedure: It takes place in the doctor's office and requires between 15 and 45 minutes depending on your individual condition. First, your skin is cleansed using an antiseptic. The affected vein is then injected with a sclerosing solution by means of a very small needle. You will usually need more than one injection. During the procedure, you may experience a mild burning sensation and a small amount of pain. While you may face some mild discomfort during the procedure and during the recovery period, sclerotherapy is a very effective treatment and has been in use for a long time.
- Recovery period: At the end of the procedure, you may return home and engage in your daily activities right away. However, you must refrain from strenuous physical activities for a week. You will need to use compression bandages for a few days. It may take around 8 weeks for total recovery.
- Side effects: The side effects may include some pigmentation (that usually disappears on its own) around the vein, ulcers on the skin near the treated area, and, very rarely, blood clots in deep veins. You may also have to deal with a bit of inflammation and formation of small lumps around the region. Some of these side effects may develop quite some time after the procedure. You will have to follow the instructions given by your doctors to ensure minimal complications during the recovery period.
Interested In Learning More About Sclerotherapy? Contact The Reeder Vein Institute Today
If you're experiencing complications with varicose or spider veins, such as swelling, redness, heat, rashes, or interference with your daily activities, contact the Reeder Vein Institute. We have offices in both Dallas and Fort Worth and can be reached at 682-499-5672. Call today to schedule your appointment.